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March 25, 2013

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March 25, 2013

Having been a recent, long-term client at CAN's Westside Men's Shelter (WSS)--for nearly five (5) years--I can testify on behalf of the preceeding contributor. The theft of donations intended for clients has been an on-going problem at WSS. I stood by helplessly (I thought) as staff, including top supervisors, gleefully took whatever they wanted--food, cases of sodas, clothing, gift_bags loaded with toiletries, cold weather gear, backpacks stuffed with clothes and other items desperately needed by their homeless clients, some whose only belo.ngings were the raggedy garments on their backs.

But I was wrong about being helpless. I got the phone numbers of CAN's top brass, as well as for the Baltimore County big shot who controlled the shelter's funding. After passing the info along, we lit a fire under the butts of said big shots. Several months later, the manager, assisstant manager, and a few employees were summarily fired for theft, misuse of CAN vehicles (used to ferry alcoholic staff and volunteers to their favorite saloon.

Sadly, not long afterward, the new management team started committing the same (criminal?) offenses.

And the absolutely disgusting reality is, these salaried employees are stealing from the truly needy--homeless men who were depending on CAN to help them get back on their feet.

This is truly sad, indeed.

LESTER,
West Baltimore





I searched the internet and located the phone numbers and addresses of the top managers at CAN, as well as the Baltimore County supervisor in the office of Community Development

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January 22, 2011
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January 22, 2011
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This organization does not distribute donations of food and clothing to the homeless in their shelters. The shelter managers and staff have been photographed taking food and clothing home with them. The shelter staff steals from the homeless! Inside the CAN shelters, there is no Television and no Radio. They want to seclude the homeless in their shelters so management can control the homeless. All homeless people are not uneducated, drunks and drug addicts, yet the residents of the CAN run shelters are all treated as though they have no skills and are all thiefs. Residents of the CAN shelters see FRAUD, WASTE, and ABUSE being perpertraited by CAN staff every day. I have donated many hours and dollars to the EASTSIDE shelter and I have seen enough!!! I will no longer donate my time, tallents, and money to any CAN organization... AND I will tell everyone I know about the CAN corruption.

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I see homeless people in the CAN shelters being mentally and verbaly abused. I see 'staff' who are not qualified to work in a shelter which houses 160+ men, women and children. Some of the 'staff' are living at other CAN homeless shelters. I have seen drug dealing and use inside the CAN shelters. I have seen 'staff' and shelter residents drinking alcohol inside the shelters. I have seen children physically, verbaly, and mentally abused inside the shelter and staff not do anything about the situation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire all staff and start over. I would make it so that staff could not / would not steal from the homeless. I would call the police and have the drug dealers and users arrested. The abusive parents would be turned into DCS. I would place people who actually want to help the homeless and care about them.

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